Spotlight Feature

Spotlight Feature!

Spring Finals Have Arrived!

Wednesday, April 25th & Thursday, April 26th OPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
  Sunday, April 29th OPEN 12Noon – 2:00AM
  Monday, April 30th & Tuesday, May 1st OPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
  Wednesday, May 2nd OPEN 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Rice Library is a great place to prepare for exams or finish those papers and projects. Here are some important tips to make the most of the library, stay stress-free, and avoid a last-minute crisis!

a student studyingLate Nights:


  • A variety of tables, chairs, and couches are available on
      all 4 floors of the library.
  • 2 reading rooms for quiet study are located on the 2nd and 4th floors.
  • Contact the Checkout counter or Reference desk if there are any loud disruptions.

Group Projects:

  • Use 1 of 30 group study rooms on floors 2-4 of the library.
  • Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis and meant for group, not individual, use.
  • Laptops can be borrowed at the Checkout counter for group computer work.
  • Dry-erase markers for the whiteboards are also available at the Checkout counter.

Timed Tests:

  • Computers in Lab A and B (1st floor) are the most reliable and should be used for timed tests.
  • Always check the lab schedule posted on the door for any potential interruptions.
  • If you are unfamiliar with Mac computers don't use them for a timed test! There are plenty of PCs
      and laptops.

Papers and Assignments:

  • Computers are available on all 4 floors of Rice Library. Laptops can be borrowed at the Checkout counter.
  • Save early and often! Computers have been known to log off without providing a recovery document.
  • When you start a document, immediately save it and then continue to save it periodically.
  • To print, you need funds on the FLEX Account of your Eagle Access card!
  • Black and White printing can be done from any of the printers on all 4 floors.
  • Remember, Reference librarians are available by phone, email, or in-person for research help.
  • Use How To Cite Sources to finish last-minute citations or ask at Reference.


  • Remember to be courteous and respectful to fellow students who are also under stress.
  • Keep your voice down and use Group Study Rooms if you need to work with others.
  • Use headphones (available at Checkout) when listening to music or videos on the computer.
  • Use cell phones only in the staircase or public corridor.
  • Take a break in the public corridor with a snack and drink from Starbucks or the vending machines.

Rice Library wishes you all the best of luck on your finals, and enjoy your Summer Break!

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